Last Friday, Civilization creator Sid Meier held court before a handful of journalists at New York City's famous Algonquin Hotel. Because of a previous engagement, Newsweek arrived unfashionably late, just ten minutes before the event wound down. But tardiness, it turns out, has its rewards. As the Vicious Circle assembled journalists filed out, the legend of turn-based strategy games agreed to remain a while longer and answer some of Newsweek's questions. That's how they secured this exclusive, in which Meier explained his diplomatic reaction to last week's news that Electronic Arts is seeking to purchase Take-Two.